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Friday, January 05, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. President Donald Trump's top law enforcement official was to announce the change Thursday, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Instead of the previous lenient-federal-enforcement policy, Sessions' new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting it, the people said. Sessions' plan drew immediate strong objection from Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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Gardner said in a tweet that the Justice Department "has trampled on the will of the voters" in Colorado and other states. He said the action would contradict what Sessions had told him before the attorney general was confirmed and that he was prepared "to take all steps necessary" to fight the step including holding up the confirmation of Justice Department nominees.

Sessions is rescinding the policy by president Barack Obama's Justice Department that has generally barred federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal. ...

While Sessions has been carrying out a Justice Department agenda that follows Trump's top priorities on such issues as immigration and opioids, the changes to marijuana policy reflect his own concerns. Trump's personal views on marijuana remain largely unknown.

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This is not going to be popular. I wonder if Trump even acknowledges this move at all.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-04 12:22 PM | Reply

And Sheets Sessions has vast financial holdings in the private prison industries. Coincidence?

So much for states rights.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-04 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 10

So much for states rights.
#2 | POSTED BY 726

The bears are repeating.

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-04 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So much for states rights.
#2 | POSTED BY 726
The bears are repeating.

Uhh, his new policy allows the local US Attorney offices to make the decision rather than have it imposed at the Federal level, which actually is what States Rights are all about.

Sessions' new stance will instead let federal prosecutors where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting it

Rsty, if the Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District (covering the Whales Vagina) decides to be strict about it, then you and Snoofy can be outraged. Since these AUSAs are political animals and most end up staying in the State and District that they were appointed to run, I doubt that any of the 4 AUSAs in California will do much more than turn a blind eye to it, same as in CO, WA and other States that have legalized pot.

But by all means, continue circle flapping.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 12:56 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

Uhh, his new policy allows the local US Attorney offices to make the decision rather than have it imposed at the Federal level, which actually is what States Rights are all about.

lol. riiiiight.
the PEOPLE (of said states) have spoken.

some Federal prosecutor running around busting who he alone decudes to bust is anti-thetical to any rule of law, especially States' Rights.

#5 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-04 02:10 PM | Reply

#5

WordSaladJr just unwittingly made my point for me.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 02:21 PM | Reply

I doubt that any of the 4 AUSAs in California will do much more than turn a blind eye to it, same as in CO, WA and other States that have legalized pot.

A devious evil elf like Sessions doesn't do anything without an end game in mind.

And no, the circle fapping was the collective hysteria of Obama coming for the guns from the right.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-04 03:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

A devious evil elf like Sessions doesn't do anything without an end game in mind.

I don't doubt it, but this just gets us back to where we were before Obama whipped out his Magic Regulation Pen: The same rule was in effect when Medical Marijuana passed in 1996 and no shops were closed by the Feds, no one was prosecuted, no card holders were rounded up and jailed.

That was 21 years ago, when attitudes were much less permissive. It's not going to change here in CA.

#8 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 06:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

U.S. Attorney for Colorado: No changes on marijuana enforcement. tiny.iavian.net

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-04 07:28 PM | Reply

So much for states rights.
#2 | POSTED BY 726

The bears are repeating.

#3 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

U.S. cannabis laws need to be repealed, until then the Supremacy Clause, pours water on the States Rights argument.

#10 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2018-01-04 08:33 PM | Reply

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#10

See the link in #9, every AUSA in States that legalized pot will have the same response.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 08:58 PM | Reply

#8

Not sure what is funny about my post Punchy, care to share? Or are you just doing the DRtard thing and flagging posts you disagree with as "funny."

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-04 09:01 PM | Reply

See the link in #9, every AUSA in States that legalized pot will have the same response.
#11 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I saw it and agree that they will exercise prosecutorial discretion, although I can not call it "states rights" as it will be a Federal authority exercising said discretion.

The laws have to be changed on a federal level or this is going to be an on going issue.

#13 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2018-01-04 09:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But by all means, continue circle flapping.

#4 | Posted by Rightocenter

Those US attorneys were put into office by Trump, no?

What makes you think they won't enforce their policy and that the claim of local autonomy is little more than an attempt to keep their hands clean?

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-05 03:15 PM | Reply

Nixon's Southern strategy depends on disenfranchisement of blacks. That got way from them in Alabama and they are determined to re-establish their power base and enormous cash flow that the drug war generates.

#15 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-05 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ABubbleOffCenter, those AUSAs that you're speaking of ARE the Federal Level. Sessions has the ability and authority to order them to prosecute as HE sees fit.

#16 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2018-01-05 04:38 PM | Reply

See the link in #9, every AUSA in States that legalized pot will have the same response.

#11 | Posted by Rightocenter

You sir are an idiot.

A move like this could literally create a war pitting DEA agents against local sheriffs depts. However, as usual, this will backfire on the Trumpets and Leprechauns alike. We are in the year 2018. Elections are coming. Do we want more of those old DEA jack booted drug raids with flashbombs in the baby cribs and family dogs shot in the head or do we want to be left in peace. YOU decide.

Yeah.. you bring those DEA agents back into the states that have legalized marijuanabusting business that are legitimate according to state law. And see what happens.

That would definitely MAGA!

The move could lead to a shift back to the days before the memos, when marijuana businesses that were deemed legal at the state level were often raided by federal law enforcement. That will cause more uncertainty in an industry that's expected to grow by tens of billions of dollars in the next decade, while signaling to voters and officials that legalization at the state level is no longer enough for drug policy reform.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-05 05:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

R58,

When Conservatives cry for States Rights, what they mean is they long for the return of slavery and segregation. They don't actually believe in freedom and democracy, except for themselves of course.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-05 06:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

I think the Clintons and the Obama should be investigated is more important than a bunch of pot heads :-) 01/05/18

#19 | Posted by Hotrats at 2018-01-05 09:13 PM | Reply

And Sheets Sessions has vast financial holdings in the private prison industries. Coincidence?
So much for states rights.
#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-04 12:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

I absolutely agree - the far-right love prisons and locking up minorities because marijuana criminalizing promotes right-wing jobs. In turn, Joe Rogan actually brought up that probably all dispensaries are "liberal" and Sessions' controllers want to prevent that economic engine.

Observing the authorities such as Baum who directs the National Drug Policy allegedly representing informed, science-based decisions we know they are not only lying about their factual knowledge of THC and CBD benefits, but also distorting the indisputablity of marijuana's harmless nature. As Baum clarifies re-prioritization will be done specifically to monetize all marijuana only once legislation is in place that benefits corporate investor class and disengages small business.

The divide isn't unnecessary for their parasitic values, but also used for their confusing responses to delay, delay, delay reparations to those who have been wrongfully arrested, lost their homes and properties. Marijuana is innocent, everyone can benefit from it's decriminalization, but Sessions' creatures are simply cruel, thoughtless and willing to subject our world to hardship and suffering at their hand.

The Federal government should be entirely disengaged from exercising authority over our society when it is plainly an extension of corporate lordship.

#20 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-06 02:48 PM | Reply

Considering how dispensaries are forced to pay twice the taxes of other businesses and are limited to cash bank transactions they are still thriving proving how late the 1% are to the game. Sessions' investors must be terrified to have him behave so contrary to even a growing right-wing opinion to legalize. Perhaps it's not a crop that Monsanto can entirely infest, limit and control?

This nation is run by devious, yet idiotic cretins.

#21 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-06 02:55 PM | Reply

Perhaps since Jeff Sessions' people are grown in vats from rarified geneset they do not possess cannabinoid receptors in any tissues? I would like to explore this further and presume that Sessions should be tested, perhaps from the inside of a Barbarella-style man-hookah? Jeffery would then stink of lobbyists desperation and Obama Kush.

#22 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-01-06 03:11 PM | Reply

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